NASA, NOAA's Satellite Ground

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    Cynthia M. O'Carroll September 13, 2000
    (Phone: **********)

    Patricia Viets
    (Phone: **********)

    RELEASE NO. 00-113

    NASA, NOAA's Satellite Ground System Ready If Hurricane Should Wallop Wallops

    On the first anniversary of Hurricane Floyd, which brought
    flooding rains, high winds and rough seas along a good portion of the
    Atlantic seaboard on September 14 -18, 1999, NOAA stands ready with a
    new backup station for its satellite Command and Data Acquisition
    Station located at Wallops, Va. The backup station, at NASA's Goddard
    Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will ensure that data from
    NOAA's geostationary satellite that watches over the Atlantic Ocean
    will continue to flow if the primary site at Wallops is disabled by a

    The station at Wallops acquires and distributes a continuous
    flow of data from NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental
    Satellites (GOES) to users around the country. NOAA's environmental
    satellite system is composed of two types of satellites:
    geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES) for
    national, regional, short-range warning and "now-casting," and
    polar-orbiting environmental satellites (POES) for global, long-term
    forecasting. Both kinds of satellites are necessary for providing a
    complete global weather monitoring system. GOES images are seen daily
    on television weather forecasts, monitoring cloud cover and
    hurricanes and providing special imaging of local severe weather

    The new backup station in Greenbelt will ensure data from NOAA's
    GOES satellites continue to flow if the Wallops station is threatened
    or hit by a hurricane. A new 54-foot antenna, weighing over a million
    pounds, is designed to operate through a Category 3 hurricane (130
    mph); and can survive a Category 5 hurricane (155+ mph). The antenna
    has transmitters for sending commands to the satellites, and
    receivers for collecting information from the satellites.

    The backup station will normally be operated in a standby mode.
    Engineers, programmers and operators from the Wallops site will be
    deployed as necessary when a hurricane threatens Wallops, or for
    other foreseeable emergencies. For unforeseeable emergencies, a rapid
    response team from NOAA's Satellite Operations Control Center in
    Suitland, Md., will initially bring the station on-line until
    personnel arrive from Wallops.

    Pictures of the backup facility are online at:

    The Wallops Command Data Acquisition Station home page is located at:



    It's all very large.

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